Twenty years after the Catechism of the Catholic Church for the New evangelization


It is a pleasure for me to attend this Conference which, with admirable zeal, almost anticipates the Year of the Faith, introducing us to one of the two anniversaries that have determined its celebration: the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which actually cannot be separated from the fiftieth anniversary of the calling of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council.


In my talk I will focus on three aspects that I consider essential to the topic I have been asked to address: the relationship between the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, the reception of the Catechism and, lastly, the close link between the Catechism and the New Evangelization.


As a premise, I wish to underscore the Church’s awareness that no document alone, no matter how momentous, can bring about radical changes and evangelical reforms.


Documents are essential and support every true path of conversion and, therefore, of reform, by sustaining its motivations and providing indications, but the driver of personal and ecclesial renewal is always, surely and primarily holiness! Both the objective holiness of the Church, the mystical body of Christ, and the personal holiness of every one of its members.


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H. E. Card. Mauro Piacenza